Emmys add two more nonfiction categories, rename reality TV categories.

Emmys add two more nonfiction categories, rename reality TV categories.
Reality TV shows will still compete for Emmy awards in one of two categories, but those categories have been renamed: Nonfiction program (alternative/unscripted), formerly known as nonfiction program (special class) will be for shows without game elements, while Reality/competition programs, formerly nonfiction programming (special class), will include those shows with game or prize elements. Additionally, traditional nonfiction shows such as documentaries have their own categories: nonfiction series (traditional) and nonfiction special (traditional). Finally, two new categories have been added for writers and directors of nonfiction programs.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.